Piyush Goyal discusses targets for 2019-20 with senior railway officials

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Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday held a meeting with general managers of all zonal railways, production units and other senior officials to discuss targets for the 2019-20 financial year, an official said.

Goyal also took suggestions for improving safety, mobility and the overall performance of the Railways, in the meeting held via video-conferencing.

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  • A portal is being developed to manage targets, monthly achievements, KPIs and data analytics online, the officials were informed.
  • The official said,”The GMs/DRMs will be able to get reports online about monthly and cumulative achievements. It was proposed to hold such video conferences around the 15th of every month to discuss monthly achievements of zones/divisions.”
  • A host of parameters were discussed in the meeting, these included-
    • Safety
    • Punctuality
    • Freight loading
    • Passengers
    • Earnings
    • Expenditures
    • Infrastructure
    • Capacity augmentation
  • Discussing the achievements of the Railways, the minister asked officials to further intensify efforts to reduce train accidents.

  • According to official data, consequential train accidents decreased from 73 in 2017-18 to 59 (20% reduction) in 2018-19.
  • The Railways commissioned 479.54 km of new line and 597.2 km of gauge conversion in 2018-19.
  • It also commissioned 2,519.60 km of doubling/3rd/4th line (including 1,000 km of DFC) in the same financial year.

Central Railway to adopt LIDAR technology to detect track fractures

Mumbai: The Central Railway (CR) may soon adopt LIDAR (Light Detecting And Ranging) technology to detect track fractures and faults, according to reports. Gangmen and keymen presently carry out such maintenance work.

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  • The LIDAR is a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor.
  • Once the CR approve the plan, LIDAR sensors will be mounted atop a rail car, as per the reports.
  • It added that these sensors will capture speed signals from both the rails of the tracks.
  • It will capture rail curvatures and detect minute fault on the tracks.
  • Following this, in order to give clear picture, the images will be used to develop 3D models of the entire section.
  • The LIDAR technology will also result in reducing human intervention by minimising the chances of staff casualties which often take place while working on the section.
  • Already, the LIDAR technology has been successfully implemented on the Konkan Railway, according to the report.

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